“On behalf of the Catholic community in the Diocese I join my prayers with those of Cardinal Vincent Nichols for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. We pray during this Easter week that he may see the light on the face of the risen Christ. We also pray that Our Lord will strengthen and uphold Her Majesty The Queen and all her family in the days ahead.” Bishop David Oakley, Bishop of Northampton
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Easter so well in all of our parishes this year.
To those who helped prepare our churches by cleaning, sanitising, and decorating. To those who helped at our Masses by welcoming, stewarding and leading music and singing. And to all who were able to celebrate with us in church or online; a huge thank you to you all.
Despite this strange environment, our Easter celebrations this year were times of joy, prayer and quiet contemplation.
Can we also thank you for the great generosity that you showed to the priests in this year’s Easter Offering? It was very moving to see the effort and thoughtfulness that so many of you had put into showing your care and affection for our priests. Thank you very much indeed.
In these seasons of Easter and Spring, when our attention is turned toward new life, we pray that in our country and personal lives we too may flourish anew.
Frs Francis, Pius, Brendan and Stanley. Dcns Jon and Klaus
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
As we mark the Second Sunday of Easter, commonly referred to as “Divine Mercy Sunday” there is an opportunity to take part in a Mercy Liturgy at Our Lady of Lourdes on Sunday 11th April at 3pm.
Diocesan Youth Event
On Thursday 15th April, the NYMO team will be back In the Studio for the monthly online event for young people! With the usual mix of fun, worship, silliness and prayer. With the usual segments like “ Grill the Priest” (this month our own Fr Francis) and NYMO’s online Quiz it will also have inspiring talks and moving times of prayer! The evening will premiere on the NYMO YouTube channel from 8pm-9pm it is open to all aged 11-18. So come along and chat with others in the comments, be inspired by the guests and see just what God wants to say to you this Easter season!
After a roller-coaster year, what’s next for our churches? How can we encourage our congregations to return? How do we ‘build back better’?
Join with Avril and special guests on Monday evenings from 19th April as we read Fr James Mallon’s book Divine Renovation and try to answer these questions. Week by week we will unpack this guide to becoming a missionary church with special guest speakers, begining next Monday with Bishop David.
Suitable for everyone, whether you want to delve right in and read Divine Renovation, or just join the conversation and pick up tips! You don’t have to read the book to get something out of this, but you might find it useful. For more information click here.
Mass for Sick or Housebound
On Saturday 24th April at 3pm Bishop David will celebrate a special live-streamed Mass for the Sick. The Mass is for all those suffering with illness, especially for anyone who is housebound. You can access the Mass via the Cathedral live-stream page. Nearer the time we will add a printable service sheet will be available. Click above for more details
First Holy Communion Dates
After months of postponement and delay, It is with great joy that we are able to finally announce the dates for the celebration of First Holy Communion for our young saints in training who have been waiting since last year.
The dates are Saturday the 26th of June (Our Lady of Lourdes [11am] and St Augustine’s [11am and 2pm]) and Saturday the 3rd July (Christ the King [11am and 2pm])
**Please note that these dates are for those young people who completed the First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation Preparation Programmes last year.**
***Further information will be sent to parents over the next few days.***
In the same way, as with the First Holy Communion Programme, we are able to announce the date for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The celebration of Confirmation will take place on Saturday 10th July at the church of Christ the Cornerstone over the course of two Masses – one at 3 pm and another at 7 pm.
**Please note that these dates are for those young people who have already completed the Confirmation Programme.**
***Further information will be sent to parents over the next few weeks. ***
A number of people have once again enquired about ways in which they can support the work of our parishes financially during this time. You can do so in one of three ways:
(1) STANDING ORDER VIA YOUR OWN BANK
You can set up a standing order for donations to your parish using either your on line bank account or in branch. The information required to make the donation is as follows:
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Name: 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Ref: **Please enter the Parish Name and Area**
(2) CALL THE FINANCE OFFICE AND DONATE OVER THE PHONE
Every Tuesday between 10am – 4pm, a member of the Diocesan Finance Team will be available for you to donate to one of our Parishes over the telephone. To donate simply call 01604 712065 with your debit or credit card details. The money will go directly to the parish that you designate.
(3) ONLINE DONATION
It is possible to donate online using the link below and specifying the Parish that you wish to donate in both the “Leave a Message” section and the “Leave your name / nickname” sections. This will ensure that any donations will go towards the Parish you wish to support. Link
PLEASE EMAIL ITEMS TO: firstname.lastname@example.org. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: 3pm Wednesday.